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that will bite if lawmakers fail to come up with a plan. >> pessimism remains the prevailing mood in washington as the january deadline rapidly approaches. neither democrats nor republicans have any new proposals for a workable compromise. >> the starbucks coffee chain has urged its workers in washington, d.c., area to write "come together" on the cups, a plea for party leaders to work out a compromise, but some customers say that is not enough. >> i mean, i like with starbucks is riding on the cups. i wish they would write, like, something else, like "republicans, stop being stupid." >> i think the solution will probably be neutered and not very effective, but ultimately, i think they will avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but neither side appears willing to give in. democrats, for example, are frustrated that republicans will not agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> the majority of rich people in our great country are willing to pay more. the only people who disagree with that are republicans who work in this building. >> republicans say that democrats want to spend too much money. so, as much of
say he should win easy confirmation in the senate. staying in washington, and president obama is increasing the pressure on the country's powerful gun lobby's and calling for stricter regulations on assault weapons. he has also challenged his fellow gun control advocates to take a clear stand on the issue. >> america had a moment of silence for the victims of the newtown massacre. exactly one week ago, a young man armed with a semiautomatic rifle gunned down 20 people in connecticut. meanwhile, the national rifle association has taken a hard- line stance on the issue, calling for armed security guards in every american school to protect students. >> the gun owner's organization has proposed the establishment of a national school shield program, saying a bad guy with a gun can only be stopped by a good guy with a gun. the head of the inner raymond it clear that the nra opposes new gun laws. pro-gun control activists twice disrupted the press conference in washington. russian president vladimir putin has made sharp comments about a european energy law, saying it causes confusion
in the investigation. >> all right, let's go over to washington. our correspondent is there on the story for us. what more can you tell us right now? >> most of the information we are getting so far is unconfirmed. the police did not say much. they want to confirm how many people really died during the shooting. most networks talk of 27 being shot dead, 18 kids. all this is unconfirmed, but apparently the number of dead is closer to 30 than 220 -- those are the reports we are getting. -- than to 20. this is an elementary school, so children who attend that school are between five and 10 years old. there are rumors of a second shooter floating around. that has not been confirmed. police said they were questioning a second person but did not call him a suspect. we do not know if the shooter shot himself or was shot by the police. some networks talk about up to four weapons, four shotguns. not confirmed yet. assault weapons are very dangerous. they are rapid-fire weapons, more military-style than anything else. that is a weapon you cannot buy in connecticut, but it is not hard to procure yourself in the
for leaders in washington to reach a compromise. some officials say there is hope. >> happy new year to people in australia and asia. >> hugo chavez remained in a hospital in cuba as his condition worsens. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> as the midnight deadline for agreement on a budget deal approaches quickly, it looks like u.s. lawmakers may have put together is stopgap agreement. some details are emerging as sources close say the talks have been centering on staving off the worst of $600 billion in spending cuts. the president had this to say. >> the potential agreement would make sure it taxes do not go up on middle-class families but it would also extend tax credits for families with children, extend the tuition tax credit that has helped millions of families pay for college, and it would extend tax credits. >> lawmakers were also narrowing the income level at which they would increase to between $400,000.50 under thousand dollars. no deal is reached, taxes will go up for all americans. >> let's now go live to washington. we have a correspondent follo
ministries headed to washington. they met with u.s. special representative on north korea, glen davies. they will continue diplomatic efforts until the last minute. >> translator: we also agreed that the international community should take firm action if north korea goes ahead with the launch. >> sugiyama said he hopes to visit beijing to discuss the matter with chinese officials. >> they're ignored warnings over the year when they went ahead with a launch that ended in failure. covering the korean peninsula, we see why leaders in the north are pushing ahead despite opposition. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took power a year ago. it will use the same launch pad, a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first testing, officials said the three-stage rocket was meant to carry a satellite. but japan and the u.s. and south korea said the launch was about a missile test. the launch was a missile test. the test ended in failure with a rocket exploding in mid-air two minutes after. it fell into more than ten pieces and fell int
into the western pacific and heavy mountain snow. blizzard warnings are posted for parts of washington and oregon. snow about 50 centimetres and gusts of 80 kilometres power on the cars. things are getting very active. here things remaining wet and windy on your monday. out east thundershowers for the southern parts of the plains up into the east and northeast. icy participation for southern quebec and parts of the new england states, and there will be a risk of severe weather happening in southeastern texas and central parts of the gulf state. there will be a risk of thunderstorms, gusty winds and even tornadoes into tonight. severe weather will be shifting toward the east as we're heading toward your monday. despite rainy weather, temperatures way above average. 14 degrees in washington, d.c. that's about 60 degrees higher than seasonal. finally let's go over to the european continent. lots of things are going on. heavy precipitation for parts of the british isles. wet and windy weather in mountains for the southern continent. snow showers are ongoing in the interior areas of the balkan peninsu
with u.s. president barack obama. they talked about meeting next month in washington. it would be abe's first foreign visit after forming a new government. he's made strengthening the japan/u.s. relationship a priority. nhk world has more from washington. >> people in the obama administration place a high priority on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands in the east china sea. their concerned thathe conflict i claims allowed to fester could unsettled dynamic in the region. they want to see policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the swaituation. they're drawn into military confrontation because of their alliance with japan. >> our message to the new japanese government will be the same as the message to the former japanese government, which is that we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue. >> now japan has stirred up another territorial dispute with south korea. u.s. official want up
. >>> a fleeting pier has been washed ashore in the u.s. state of washington. apparently having drifted from japan after the massive tsunami hit the country in march of last year. >>> a u.s. coast guard helicopter spotted the nine-meter concrete pier on the shore of the olympic peninsula. bad weather has prevented a close study. no signs or letters have been confirmed on the pier. a floating pier from japan's northeastern prefecture was found on the oregon coast in june. it was later demolished by the state government. japan's environment ministry says ocean currents are likely to deliver 33,000 tons of tsunami debris to the pacific coast of north america by june of next year. >>> international organizations are denouncing a tax on health workers in pakistan this week. the violence put a halt to vaccine work in the country. our reporter in bangkok has more. >>> gunmen shot and killed 12 members of polio vaccination teams in separate incidents around pakistan this week. the united nations is protecting staff members in the country by taking them off duty. the u.n. has responded to the attacks. >> t
're gathering in washington. japan's chief negotiator from the foreign ministry, shinsuke sugiyama, flew out on tuesday. leaders in tokyo pushed for these in-depth talks. analysts from the three countries have already been sharing key information on north korea. south korea's chief negotiator, lim sung-nam, also traveled to the u.s. capital. >> translator: i would like to step up diplomatic efforts with the united states in a bid to prevent north korea from launching a missile. >> sugiyama and lim will be meeting up with glynn davies, the u.s. special representative on north korea. the three senior diplomats are expected to demand north korea exercise restraint and will likely refer to a u.n. security council resolution banning such activity. they're also expected to discuss plans of action in case the launch happens. the diplomats are likely to request the security council to issue a strong condemnation. >>> police in central japan are trying to find some clues as to why a highway tunnel collapsed. they've searched the headquarters of the company that operates the highway. police suspect of
. >> they do not have snow in washington yet like we have here in berlin to get into the christmas selling. >> but as the holidays draw closer, u.s. president barack obama and his family have lit the national christmas tree outside the white house. >> it is an annual tradition dating back to 1923. this year's giant blue spruce is new and will remain planted outside the white house throughout the year. the tree is lit by 450 strands of alley delights and 120 star ornaments. >> that looks like a fun party. >> beautiful christmas in the white house for sure. that is all we have run out. thanks for watching. >> do not forget, you can find more on our website at dw.de. see you soon.
a rocket to put a satellite into space. but political leaders in tokyo, seoul and washington say what they were doing was testing technology for long range ballistic missile. tension, uncertainty, opportunity. just some of the reasons why u.s. leaders are moving forward with what they call a pivot towards the asia-pacific. >> the united states is turning our attention to the vast potential of the asia-pacific region. >> reporter: japanese leaders will need to rework their policies as the u.s. shifts its focus. they see a host of geopolitical challenges around them with few easy solutions. nhk world, tokyo. >>> a storm has been hovering above samoa. we've been following that story and the rest of the weather around the globe. robert? >> yes. we've been continuing the watch, bringing some very gusty winds, even flooding rains here over samoa. really the big threat is it is dropping an abundant amount of rainfall and even storm surge right along the north portions of samoa. winds kicking up at this time. continue to trek off to the west. so still going impactsiing the rest save mowa. gra
washington to come up with stricter laws about public access to guns. that would include a ban on semi-automatic weapons like the one used to kill people in newtown. >> i do not believe the second amendment covers them. the second amendment was written and a long time before this class of weapons was founded, merchandise, and spread all over our country. >> the national rifle association has broken its silence about last week's killings. in a statement, the nra says its members are shocked and saddened by the horrific and senseless murders. the powerful lobby has a press conference scheduled for friday, and some hope that it will accept stronger restrictions on the sale of assault weapons, but many gun owners think a ban is useless. >> my opinion is that is a natural knee-jerk reaction. we had an assault weapon ban in the pace -- in the past. that law expired and expired for a reason -- it served no purpose. >> the rifle used to slaughter children in newtown is selling like hotcakes because many gun fans fear it and similar assault weapons could soon be banned, but the massacre of 26 w
. meanwhile, investors are keeping an eye on washington as the deadline to avert the so-called fiscal cliff comes ever closer. >> a different kind of click now -- thousands of mystics, new-age and deals and fans of pre- hispanic culture made their way to mexico in hopes of witnessing great things in less than 24 hours now. that is when the old mayan calendar predicts the end of the current world and the dawn of a new one. >> many of today's ethnic maya do not understand what all the fuss is about. mostly christian, they have looked on in wonder at the influx of foreign tourists to ancient cities in southern mexico and central america was a past hundreds of years ago. -- whose heyday past hundreds of years ago. >> they are dancing according to an ancient mayan ritual in preparation for the end of the world. these days, the famous complex in guatemala is full of visitors. many tourists have come to experience the big day. >> there are mixed feelings. some believe the world is going to end. others believe it is the end of one era and the beginning of another. democrats are also gathering at ma
cuts and tax increases. obama is scheduled to return to washington on thursday in time to restart talks. the u.s. president is asking congressional executives to compile a compromise plan that features continued tax cuts for the middle class. that represents a shift in his policy that called for higher taxes on the wealthy, along with measures to cut the fiscal deficit. talks between democrats and republicans came to a standstill last week. a deal still remains uncertain. the republicans canceled a vote on their compromise plan. that's because many republicans remain opposed to any kind of tax hikes. >>> china has opened what it calls the world's longest high-speed rail line. the railway links the capital city of beijing and ghangzhou in the south. shun ishibe have more. >> reporter: the first high-speed train for beijing is about to leave guangzhou south railway station. many passengers are carrying coats, because the temperature in beijing is about 20 degrees centigrade lower than here in guangzhou. the new line stretches nearly 2,300 kilometers, including a section already in service
peh. they had a diplomatic interest in north korea because washington and the u.n. don't have diplomatic relations. they said they may use that as a bargaining chip to get the u.s. to make concessions. north korean leaders endured condemnation last week for launching what they called a satellite-carrying rocket. the security council says there are consequences, but they are still struggling to agree on what those consequences will be. councilmen has condemned them because the north koreans ignored a ban on using missile technology. still, they don't want to adopt a legally binding resolution. they said it could pump them to conduct another nuclear test. japan's diplomats are working with north korea to try to impose sanctions. but they're far from waiting for the chinese to change their position. >>> world leaders of the two biggest economies have started laying the ground work for cooperation. china's president paid a visit to the u.s. president, obama. they agreed to boost economic cooperation. juan said members of china's communist party and government had great importance
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